Sixth mass extinction has ‘probably started’ argues scientists

According to new research conducted by the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center, the sixth mass extinction of the wildlife species living on land and in freshwater has ‘probably started’.


The lead researcher of the study Robert Cowie argues that human-induced activities have driven the Sixth Mass Extinction and said that denying it with the available data is “simply flying in the face of the mountain”.

The research also states that this fact is usually being denied and ignored by supporting the IUCN Red List but the Red List is ‘heavily biased’. The Red List does evaluate the birds and mammals but they simply avoid the evaluation of invertebrates such as insects, snails and spiders which constitute 95 per cent of the total animal diversity, Cowie added.

As per the study, the extinction crisis driven by human activities is far more severe in aquatic life as compared to the land. Extinctions are also generally occurring much more rapidly in island ecosystems, such as Hawaii, compared to continental biomes.

Howie and his team of researchers argue that the current actions in conserving wildlife diversity are futile as the crisis is much more severe than it is being projected and there is a massive need for dedicated efforts in preserving the specimens of the endangered species before they end up extinct.